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Philemon, ancient Greek poet
Philemon (fīlēˈmən), c.360–c.265 B.C., Greek poet of the New Comedy. He was in ancient times considered second only to Menander. Fragments of his plays, originally numbering 97, survive.
Philemon, epistle of the New Testament
Philemon (fĭlēˈmən), letter of the New Testament, written to a Colossian named Philemon by Paul, probably when the latter was a prisoner in Rome (c.A.D. 60). Onesimus, Philemon's fugitive slave, had found Paul and become a Christian. Paul sent him back to his master with a personal note adjuring the Christian master to accept Onesimus not merely as a slave but as a brother. Onesimus' name means “useful” in Greek. Philemon, the shortest of the Pauline letters, is thought by some scholars to have been written at the same time as the (probably pseudonymous) Colossians and Ephesians. The names Mark, Aristarchus, and Demas occur in both Philemon and Colossians.
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1. a Christian of Colossae whose escaped slave came to meet Paul
2. the book (in full The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Philemon), asking Philemon to forgive the slave for escaping
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